Friday, 12 November 2010

Fietshangars coming to a street near you

Lambeth Council are working on their scheme to provide secure on-street residential cycle parking. A trial installation of a 'Fietshangar' in Bonnington Square, Vauxhall moves steadily nearer, with a planning application to be made within a few weeks.

The Fietshangar will hold 5 bikes, take up half a parking space with the other half being where you stand to put your bike in/take it out.
Last night local residents met the borough's officer to discuss how the fietshangar would be maintained, how much it would cost to hire a space, how applicants for scarce spaces would be selected and more. It's fantastic that the residents and officers are working on getting the detail right.

If it was just a one-off not a pilot, it could prove tempting to make life easy by buying an old Luton van with an MOT and tax, buying a residents' parking permit and using the van to keep bikes in. The Fietshangar is worth the effort though, not least because it looks much better - apparently it'll be deep green!